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That lasted only a few weeks.

“He excelled. We had a little position battle last year and he took his opportunity and he maximized on it,” said Scandrick, the fifth-round pick in the same draft as Jenkins. “He holds himself to high standards. I’ve got all the respect in the world for him. I’ve never had any hard feelings. We’re about as close as friends as me and anybody on this team.”

Jenkins had an interception, five tackles and a pass breakup in his second turn to start last season _ and has stayed in that role since.

“He made a big jump from the first year,” secondary coach Dave Campo said. “I told Mike when he first came here, you stick with me and us and you’ll be in the Pro Bowl, but you’ve got to buy into what we’re doing. He certainly did that.”

While there is no real competition in camp this time, with Jenkins starting and Scandrick still the nickel cornerback, Jenkins insists that he hasn’t changed his mindset from last year when there was that unorthodox arrangement.

“I’m keeping the same mentality,” Jenkins said. “I don’t want to change anything. I just want to stay humble.”